PHILADELPHIA’S worrying start to the NBA season reached a critical juncture in a 122-97 bloodbath in Brooklyn on Monday (AEST).
After taking their record to 6-4 with a win against Detroit the night before, the 76ers trailed the Nets 108-84 — and had coughed up a disastrous 25 turnovers — when Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and JJ Redick were pulled from the game with 5:43 remaining.
That’s five defeats from five games on the road to start the season — and this one is cause for serious concern after the first four came against playoff contenders Boston, Toronto, Milwaukee and Detroit.
Simmons was equal parts dominating and infuriating as he dominated the glass and regularly powered his way to the rim but also gave the ball away numerous times.
He had a first half double-double before finishing with 20 points (8/11 from the field) and 12 rebounds and added four steals, but also turned it over five times while handing out just three assists.
After entering the game shooting 66 per cent from the free throw line he missed five of nine attempts.
The giveaways had some fans questioning whether Simmons had been out celebrating Kendall Jenner’s birthday the night before after his one-time flame was spotted with friends in New York.